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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Obituary: Mary Z. Parks

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  • Mary Z. Parks, 84, of Newton, died on Sunday (Sept. 9, 2012) at Asbury Park in Newton.?She was born on April 23, 1928, in Hamilton, the daughter of Max Henry and Elsie Smith Casto. Mary attended schools in the Hamilton and Eureka area. She married Alvin A. Parks in Eureka.?Alvin’s work took them several places, including El Dorado, where they lived for several years until the early 1960s. The Parks then moved to Park City and later to Newton in June 1965.?Mary was very active in the Ladies Auxiliary of both the American Legion and V.F.W., the Rebecca Lodge and the Senior Center. Her many years of volunteering in Newton led to the local B.P.W. naming her Volunteer Woman of the Year.?Mary is survived by her son, Van C. Parks and her daughter, Brenda “Wendy” Harms, both of Newton; brothers, Andre L. Casto of Des Moines, Iowa, and Elmo Casto of Fayetteville, Ark.; sisters, Elva Kingsley of El Dorado and Elsie Mae Ross of Newton; and eight grandchildren, Daniel L. Parks, Terry L. Parks, Michelle Miller-Herman, Travis C. Harms, Rory B. Harms, Jacob V. Parks, Jeremy B. Parks and Jordan R. Parks.?She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin; one son, Ophie Lee Parks; grandson, Joel Lee Parks; two brothers; sisters, Arvada Barnes Legleiter and Maxine Palmer; and an infant sister.?Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 12, 2012) at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton.?A memorial has been established with the Newton Senior Center. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.?Condolences may be left at www.broadwaycolonialfh.com.?Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home of Newton.
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